Robin Shoots Peaches and Fischerspooner

emimg_9025Hiii!!! It’s me Robin your photoblogger. I’m back from an exciting week!  I photographed two queer music icons and pioneers of the electroclash scene; Peaches and Fischerspooner.  Here to comment is our favorite electro-junkie (and your Autostraddle Tuesday Televisionary), Carlytron!

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Hey kids! Carlytron here. So, this might come as a surprise to you, but in high school I had dubious taste in music. Do the words “Limp” and “Bizkit” mean anything to you? Yeah, I’m not gonna get into it. When I got to college and was a GIANT LESBIAN I got into Melissa Ferrick, Sleater-Kinney, and Tegan & Sara. You know, lesbian things. It wasn’t until I started working at Urban Outfitters, actually, that I became the musicphile that I am today (see also: DJ Carlytron).

It was around that time that I discovered something that changed my life: electroclash.

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Casey Spooner of Fischerspooner

Electroclash gained steam in 2001 (we already discussed this quite a bit in the Larry Tee post) and two of the first artists I got into were Fischerspooner and Peaches. Both are primarily queer acts that were formed as a response to the lame state of electronic music at the time.

They are political; they are artistic; they are entertainment.

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Fischerspooner is a duo consisting of Casey Spooner and Warren Fischer. Casey is the face of the band, Warren is so behind the scenes, he doesn’t even perform during the live shows. They put on wild, theatrical performances which include video, dance, and crazy costumes. Casey is an amazing live performer. Their first single, “Emerge,” blew up unexpectedly nearly a decade ago and they are now releasing their 3rd album, “Entertainment.”

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Peaches (nee Merrill Nisker) is an outspoken singer/songwriter whose songs are SUPER SEXUAL. I thought her songs were the most amazing things I had ever heard at the time. “Suckin’ on my titties like you’re wanting me…” are you kidding me with this? Total badass. She spoke about female sexuality in a way that was completely new and outrageous. And she did vocals on a Pink song, so that’s pretty awesome. Her 4th album, “I Feel Cream,” just came out.

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It’s kind of amazing to me that almost ten years after the fact, these artists — and other electroclash acts like the Faint, Ladytron, and Tiga (I am living for his new song “Shoes“) — are still out there, making music and touring their asses off. Personally I think I prefer the older tracks but the new stuff is really solid and will help keep electroclash alive for the kids who are just finding out about it now.

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Robin specializes in entertainment, lifestyle and portrait photography. She's also a Creative Producer, Director of Photography and co-owner of Scheme Machine Studios LLC, her production company based in Los Angeles. Robin loves shooting for TV and film and has worked with media companies like Legendary Pictures and Viacom. She shot and directed the Pride campaign for Google called #ThisIsFamily. Robin has had the pleasure of working on national campaigns for companies like Dove and Levis, and had the unique opportunity to shoot for non-profits and initiatives such as The Black List, Save the Children, Move to End Violence, Have a Hart Day, and The Clinton Global Initiative. She is most proud of the work she has done with organizations such as The Ad Council and RAINN working on national impact campaigns. Her celebrity roster includes Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, The B-52s, Keri Hilson, JB Smoove, Tegan and Sara, Margaret Cho, The B-52’s, Andreja Pejic, and many more. She was there for Autostraddle’s birth and proudly served as A-Camp co-director for many years.

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11 Comments

  1. Carly, I might kidnap you to my Happy, Not So Emo, Cave where there’s only electroclash music.

    I saw Fisherspooner a couple of weeks ago. I was still crippled with a back injury but I HAD TO see them. Their show and music was awesome. They healed my back.

  2. Ha, oh geez. I have to go take care of my mom now and I’m going to have to supress the urge to start singing ‘sucking on my titties like you’re wanting me, calling me all the time…’ all day because it’s totes stuck in my head now! 🙂

  3. Amazing feature, girls, loved it. I’ve become a big fan of Fischerspooner, they’re awesome. I’ve worn a Fischerspooner t-shirt for 6 years, but didn’t look up their music until recently. Very glad I did.

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